Pale Divine Eternity Revealed

Pennsylvania’s Pale Divine wowed doom fans back in 2001 with their Thunder Perfect Mind album, which artfully joined early Trouble and Black Sabbath-styled metal with liberal doses of the acid ’60s (Hendrix, Yardbirds, et al.) — definitely an exciting prospect in a subgenre oversaturated with unremarkable acts. The band even managed to coax Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling into contributing two songs: a cover of Pentagram’s "20 Buck Spin” and a Pale Divine original co-written by Liebling called "Dark Knight.” Three short years later, those hallucinogenic days are gone, and in their place are the tired Euro-stoner grooves and been-there-heard-that riffola of Eternity Revealed. The album’s opener, the brief instrumental "Morphia,” invites images of more muscular stoner rock à la Alabama Thunderpussy, but "Crimson Tears” immediately takes a doomier slant like label mates Penance with its wah-wah-drenched riffs. Guitarist/vocalist Greg Diener has a gravelly voice like La Sexorcisto-era White Zombie, and while he’s obviously a talented player, his songs (half of them written in 1997) tend to run together. "Serpents Path” and "Lord of Sorrow” come off like vehicles for guitar wanking, and "Ever After” sadly recalls faceless Euro-bands like Astroqueen. The one bright spot, an able cover of Candlemass’ "Solitude,” polishes off the album like a cross between Solitude Aeturnus and old Abdullah. Maybe Pale Divine should revert to the LSD and mushrooms of their past and give up the cheap beer and chewing tobacco of Eternity Revealed. (Martyr)